Well, what a busy week it was last week for the Trace team!
Both Monday and Friday saw a number of staff from schools keen to get started on using Trace in their setting being trained on how to set up a sequence of work, how to assess against the objectives within those sequences, and how this then translates to the ‘report’ section, identifying attainment on a whole-school level, in year groups, individual classes, and for each individual child.
Two comments that were consistently shared by all of those who were trained was the fact that the tool was extremely user-friendly, and that it allowed for individual practitioners to easily identify targets for individual pupils, or what objectives might be included in an intervention for any children still emerging on an objective.
We added P levels to Trace in March so it is now ideal for special schools to use. We were really grateful to have some great feedback from Longwill School for the Deaf. Here’s a snap-shot of what they thought:
‘Very straightforward…For a technophobe, I’m finding the format one of the best and easiest to follow. Its format helps us to be very focused on what we need to teach…’
‘Clicking to add statements is simple, as is sharing and adding statements at a later date.’
‘It is very easy to read steps of the National Curriculum which made it easy to focus and apply ideas, go back, add or delete at the touch of a button. Far less stressful than ploughing through huge chunks of reading!’
‘(For EYFS practitioners), using Trace to focus upon targets set and collating evidence for that has proved useful, and the quick assessment tool is invaluable to track and collate evidence for each pupil.’
Not only did the staff at Longwill clearly outline some fantastic positives of the tool, they also made some valuable suggestions as to how the tool could be developed. We really do appreciate any suggestions that schools make as to how Trace can be developed; the beauty of Trace is that it CAN and DOES adapt based on the needs of the schools using the tool!
So, a big ‘Thank You’ to Carol Sutton and all of the staff at Longwill who provided the feedback – very much appreciated!
As for this week, it’s again going to be a busy one!
Two schools that have just signed up are already in the position to have initial training, so the team will be visiting both Thornton Primary School and Marlborough Infant and Nursery School and allowing the staff to access their own cohorts and classes so that the training really is personalised for the individual school. We look forward to meeting the staff at both schools during these twilight sessions.
On Friday, key practitioners from a number of Trace schools will be meeting in order to evaluate the ‘Report’ section of the tool, share how they are using this section of the tool in their setting, identify the successes of this section, and also identify a common understanding as to how the section could be further developed. This meeting will be extremely valuable in moving Trace forward, and so we thank in advance those who have agreed to attend for their input and considered ideas.
Finally, we will be looking at how Trace can be marketed to a wider audience; the more schools that are using the facility, the greater the opportunity for schools to work as a community, together with other Trace users, talking a common language.
So, if any current Trace users know of a school that is currently unsure as to which path to follow with regards a ‘Design, Assessment & Reporting’ tool, please do give them a nudge down the Trace road!! Or, if there are any practitioners reading this thinking, ‘How are we tackling ‘life without levels’ at our setting?’, please get in contact; We would be more than willing to meet with any potential new users and demonstrate what a brilliant tool Trace is!
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